Monday, November 28, 2016

How Did I Learn to Cook?: My Top 3 Youtube Cooking Channels

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Ever since I've started cooking, I've gotten a lot of questions like, "Where did you learn to cook?" or "Is this your own recipe?" My answer at times surprises people, but it's simple. I learned using Youtube. When I went away to college at 18, I literally did not know how to cook anything other than scrambled eggs and grilled cheese. Now, at twenty-five, I can cook desserts, full four-course meals and much more! I didn't go to school to learn how to cook, and I didn't even have any family member teach me. I learned all by watching cooking tutorials on Youtube and practicing. 

When I was out on my own, I turned to the Internet for assistance and basically watched a bunch of tutorials on "How to cook ___" and learned from there. Not all tutorials on Youtube are made the same, though. Some people make learning a lot easier, and luckily, I've found a few Youtubers that do just that. That's why I've decided to compile a list of my top 3 Youtube Chefs/Cooks/Channels and list some of their videos I've enjoyed using in the past. By the way, this is not a sponsored post. These are legitimately my favorite channels that I've been watching for years and I hope you check them out because these ladies are incredible.

1. Laura Vitale
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Laura Vitale (Laura in the Kitchen) was the first cooking Youtube channel I turned to for cooking lessons when I wanted to learn. By far, she has the easiest tutorials on how to cook all different types of cuisine. Laura is very laid back, funny, relatable foodie, and super fun to watch. I've tried countless recipes and all have been amazing! If you're a fan of authentic Italian cuisine, definitely check out her videos, since she has over 1000 recipes all with step by step tutorials.

One of her recipes that gets a lot of hype and excitement is her Pavlova recipe. I make this Pavlova a few times a year, and most of the time, the people who have never tried it go, "Pavlova? What's Pavlova?" Then they actually try it and fall in love and beg me for the recipe. Pavlova can be quite tricky to make, but thanks to Laura, I've become a master at making it. Here's her video for how to make Pavlova:

Source: Laura in the Kitchen/Youtube

Source: Laura in the Kitchen/Youtube

2. Entertaining with Beth
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Where do I start with Beth? Well, first of all, her videos are absolutely stunning! They're beautiful, breathtaking, and super professional. Beth will teach you how to make super complicated recipes but make them super easy for the novice cooks out there. Whenever I've watched Beth's tutorials, I've always gotten this Martha Stewart-esque vibe with her soothing voice teaching you along the way. 

If you're really into authentic French cuisine, then Beth's channel is the perfect place for you. She will teach you how to prepare the meal, along with an awesome game plan to make sure everything goes down flawlessly for your parties.

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One Easter, I really wanted to make a Quiche, but I had no idea how to make one. Luckily, that year, Beth just so happened to post a video on how to make a fool-proof Quiche. I watched the video and made the Quiche as I watched the tutorial and it was a big hit. This is another one of the recipes people ask me for whenever I whip up this tasty Quiche.

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Another thing I love about Beth is her Holiday Helpers series. In these videos, she will help new and intermediate hosts/hostesses' prepare extravagant meals. Her best Holiday Helper video has to be her Thanksgiving's Dinner for Rookie's. In that video, Beth plans out a menu, cooking times, how to set the table and give you tips and tricks for how to host the best Thanksgivings if it's your first time. I'll link the video down below if you want to check it out: 

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3. Fifteen Spatulas
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Joanne is a newer cooking Channel I've stumbled across, but my God, her recipes are fantastic. Joanne gives off a very homey/comforting feeling when you watch her videos. She's soft and her gentle nature emanates through the computer screen. She really teaches and emphasizes that making food from scratch, really isn't that difficult. 

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This Thanksgiving, I made home-made stuffed Mushrooms that were a hit in my family. I've tried a couple of her other recipes and they are all delicious. I'll link that recipe down below: 

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Source: Fifteen Spatulas/Youtube

And that's about it! I hope this blog helped you out if you're interested in learning to cook. If you're already a pretty good cook, then I hope you'll check out some of these channels, since they might have some recipes that may peak your interest. I always recommend watching the video first, then once you have all the ingredients, having your laptop/iPad nearby to play the video and cook along. It makes a huge difference in my opinion. 

- Emily

Sunday, June 5, 2016

#BB18: All Stars or Fans VS Favorites?

(Julie Chen; source CBS)

It's summer time and you know what that means... Everyone's favorite hit CBS reality TV show, Big Brother, is just around the corner. We're only eight days away from seeing the BB18 cast reveal, planned to release June 13th! Speculation has buzzed among Big Brother fans over social media, as fans theorize on what kind of season we'll be graced with this summer. It has been ten years since the last season of Big Brother All Stars (season 7) and many fans believe we are long overdue for another one.

 (from left to right; runner-up Erika Landin, winner Mike 'Boogie' Malin, and host Julie Chen; source CBS)

Other fans have postulated that this season will be more of a Fans Vs Favorites, where only half of the cast will be returnees. At this point, based on the rumors and possible Big Brother leaks, this season will be either a complete All Star cast or half newbies and half returnees. 

Last year, ET sat down with Julie Chen to discuss the possibility of another All Stars season, where the Big Brother host confirmed that she too had been pushing for another season with an All Star cast.

"I have been actually pushing for an All Star season in that it's beyond 'all star,'" Chen teased. 'It's the cream of the crop. It's the winner from each season to compete. So, it's the 'Winner's Circle.' And I'm talking back to season one, Eddie [McGee]. I mean all the way back!" - Julie Chen during ET interview.

Big Brother Canada season three alum, Jordan Parhar and his live feeder co-hosts, Alex Kidwell, Brent Wolgamott, and Taran Armstrong recently held a RHAP podcast where they dicussed who they thought would possibly be asked back for an All Star season. You can listen or watch it, here.

Photo leaks of the newly revamped Big Brother house, have already flooded the Internet this past week. Fans and other Big Brother Alum have already given their input to what they think of the new design. 

(source; Twitter)

(source; Twitter)

Apparently, the house has some sort of International/Travel theme, which is quite interesting considering the fact, that this past season of Big Brother Canada had the International Wildcard twist that did wonders for the season.

(source; Global TV)

So what do you think, Big Brother fans? Are you excited for this upcoming season? Are you pumped to see the cast reveal? Will it be another All Stars season? Leave your comments below and expect the unexpected!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

R.I.P David Gest

David Gest at the Celebrity Big Brother launch night

Music Producer and Celebrity Big Brother contestant David Gest (62) was announced dead late Tuesday afternoon in London, England. David Gest had appeared in the winter edition of Celebrity Big Brother where he competed for the crown against other celebrity houseguests. David was entertaining and happened to be in the house with Angie Bowie when her ex-husband David Bowie died.

Tiffany Pollard mistakenly believes David Gest is dead:
"David is dead"- Celebrity Big Brother

A comedy-of-errors occurred when another house guest Tiffany Pollard mistakenly believed that David Gest had died after Angie had told her, "David is dead," after Big Brother producers told her in the diary room of her ex-husband's passing. This mistake caused a huge uproar and confusion within the house, bringing entertainment to audiences, but now David Gest really is dead, and he will be greatly missed.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

How to Get Experience On Your Resume After Graduation: My Take

So, you just finished college and now it's time to venture out into the big, bad, world of adulthood. Time to finally get a job in the field of study that you graduated in, huh? As someone who graduated last September and had all the questions of "How am I going to do this?" on their mind, I'll give you my tips and tricks and honest opinions on how I got to where I am today.

In September of 2014, I graduated Salutatorian with a B.F.A in Creative Writing for Entertainment from Full Sail University. I knew what I wanted to do with my life by writing for TV, but I was also realistic and knew that I wouldn't just be able to apply for a staff writer's job for any show and get hired. No. I knew I'd have to work my way up from the bottom, but first I needed to acquire some experience to put on my resume to work my way up the ladder to my dream job.

First thing's first. Because the college I attended was located in Orlando, FL, I realized that in order to make my dream job of writing for TV a possibility, I would need to move to L.A where most of the TV writing is done. Yes, I realize New York does have some writers rooms but compared to Los Angeles, there was no doubt that California was the best choice. Besides, if you think L.A is expensive just try looking for apartments in New York. Yikes! 

Some great advice I had coming up to the months of graduation was, "Have at least six months worth of rent saved up before moving out to L.A." One of my professors gave me this advice and I honestly don't know if I'd still be out here if I hadn't taken it. Now, I've known quite a few people here that have moved out on pretty much a whim. They wanted to get out here and didn't realize that you won't get a job the instance you hit the tar mat. Getting jobs in this industry is surprisingly difficult. Luckily for me, I had some money saved up before I moved out here in January of 2015. After I graduated in September, I had been applying to internships/entry level jobs and had been getting nowhere. Most of the jobs I was applying to were ones located out here in L.A, but none of them wanted to hire me because I was not currently living there.

During the first few months post graduation, I was discouraged and I thought it was hopeless. There was a point where I thought, "If they don't want to hire me here, why would they want to hire me once I got out to L.A? So, I got more advice from an old professor that encouraged me that once I moved out to LA and obtained an L.A address, the job interviews should start pouring in. You must realize that I did get quite a few Skype/Phone interviews from L.A while I was living back in Miami, but the moment they realized I wasn't local it was pretty much, "Sorry, but thanks anyway!"

Then January 1st rolled up and I moved out to L.A with everything I could take. Luckily, I found an apartment nestled between a lot of the larger and more well-known studios. Then I continued my online search for internships/entry level jobs. One thing I didn't realize was that a lot of entry-level jobs consist of at least 1-2 years experience. Yes, that's right, an entry level job requires possibly 2 years of experience! How does one get that experience when they've only just recently graduated? Yup, that's right. Unpaid internships.

So my first unpaid internship was working as a production assistant for The Dr. Phil Show. Ooh, sounds glamourous, right? No. As someone who was familiar with and had watched plenty of Dr. Phil episodes in the past, this was pretty exciting at first. Not only was it a credible internship to list on my resume, but I also was able to get really great hands on experience, but, there was a downside to this internship. Although I did learn plenty about pre and post production and what goes into creating an episode for daytime TV, a large part of my experience was getting a taste of the negative side of the industry. Dr. Phil produces two episodes a day and it takes a whole production team one week to produce all the content for the episode. This often causes a high-stress level within the work office. Even though there were some, ahem, low points during my internship I don't regret it, because at the end of the day I did learn and I got worthy experience for my resume.

~My Tips & Advice~

1. Save Money!

• Don't be an idiot and fly out to L.A on a whim, then wonder why you're flying back home in the next few months after you were unable to get a job. I've known plenty of idealistic people to make this mistake. I've had people claim, "Oh, well, I'll just apply for a writer's assistant job and then I'll work my way up!"

Or: "I'll just apply to one of the paid internships and get in no problem!"

Haha, right...
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First of all, writer's assistant jobs are not posted online. Most of those jobs are by word of mouth. So maybe a friend of yours is a staffed writer on a TV show and someone in that room, possibly a PA has just been upped to Writer's assistant. Now they need a new Writer's PA. If your friend really likes you, which you better hope they do, you'd probably be the first one on their list they'd ask for the position.

Secondly, I think it's pretty easy to say that everyone and their brother wants to have one of the positions for the limited and luxurious paid internships. I've known plenty of people who are very talented and have applied numerous times and still haven't gotten accepted. Who are you to say you're going to get in the first time? Be realistic here... You cannot solely rely on that when moving out here. More than likely you'll work a crappy job at Ralphs and do an unpaid internship on the side to survive out here. 

2. Use Entertainment Job Posting Websites:

Here are some of the websites I've used and have managed to get ALL of my internships through. Entertainment is by the far the best, though:

• (Pay for the Subscription. It's worth it.)


3. Be Persistent:

• Don't give up. Once you've moved out here and have an L.A address, apply daily. When I first got out here I applied to unpaid internships/entry level jobs every single day. I'd apply to at least 30 postings a day if that helps clarify how often I was searching. After three weeks, I managed to snag the Dr. Phil internship and was set.

• It's easy to get down on yourself and lose optimism when you don't get responses right away. Make sure you always write a cover letter when sending in your resume. You'd be surprised how many people ignore that step when applying. It does make a difference, trust me.

• Make sure each cover letter is crafted towards the job you wanted. Don't simply copy and paste the same response to every job posting. It can be very apparent and that tends to turn off potential employers. 

4. Don't be, "That guy.":

• When I say don't be "That guy," what I mean is don't act like you are too superior to work more than one unpaid internship. Everyone has to pay their dues and those that think they should be handed a paying job right out of college are idiots if you ask me. Unless you know some big shot that's connected to something in Hollywood, good luck getting a good paying job. More than likely you are going to be paid around $10-$12 an hour.

• This note also goes out to the numerous arrogant aspiring film & TV writers I've had the pleasure to stumble across that say, "Unpaid?" *Scoff* "I'm not doing work for free!"

• Well, while you're potentially working for free in an Entertainment based internship, they're not rubbing elbows and making relationships with literary managers and agents, maybe even producers if you're lucky. They're not the ones making relationships with other writers. Another tip would be if at all possible, keep these people out of your lives. No one wants to work with the sanctimonious asshole. I know I don't...

5. Be humble:
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• Staying close to tip #4, try to be humble. If you think you're the best writer since J.K Rowling, you're probably not. Take your head out of your ass and join the rest of us back down on planet Earth. I cannot tell you how many times I've run across people who tell me that I will just 'love' their work and fall in love with it the moment my eyes lay upon it.

You don't know me...
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6. Keep Writing, Reading & Watching:
Source: Warner Bros/Giphy

• No matter what, don't stop writing. Even if you're not working on your latest TV pilot or feature, writing something is better than not writing at all. I like to write blog posts from time to time, mostly doing recaps of scripted/reality TV. Even if it's not pertaining to my own writing, breaking down and doing coverage for TV is still good to think about constantly. 

• Keep up with TV/Film news and make sure you know what's currently trending.

7. Apply, Apply, Apply!

Apply to all those writer workshops that start to pop up around Spring time. There's no hurt in trying. I mean, what's the worse they can do, reject you? Either way, you'll have a nice Spec/TV pilot to add to your portfolio, and hey, it got you writing!

I did this last year and wrote a spec for Reign on TheCW and applied to the Warner Bros workshop and the Latina workshop.

Writer's Workshops I'd Recommend Applying To:
• WB Writing Workshop:
• Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship:
• ABC Writing Fellowship:

So yeah, that's all the advice I can give to anyone who is thinking about moving here to go into a career in the Entertainment business. Feel free to take or leave my advice. I'm not claiming that this will work for you, but this is what worked for me. 

Here's some feedback I got from friends and professionals about internships. Here's one I got from Brad Hal, president and founder of Entertainment He saw that I had gotten maybe successful internships off his website and reached out to me for feedback on his site. I told him that I was happy with his website, but I was also frustrated at the time that I hadn't gotten a paying job. This is what he said.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Vixen Episode 3: Review & Recap

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Vixen episode 3 picks up directly after where we left off. Mari is now back home to explain to her foster father about the magical element that comes with her totem necklace, but he isn't sure he totally buys her theory. With nothing else left to lose Mari demonstrates her necklace's magic and taps into the strength of an Elephant to lift the kitchen table with one hand. 

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She convinces him enough by demonstrating other powers like walking up walls and she almost attempts to tap into flight but does not trust herself enough yet to dive off a building. Her foster father is still worried that she'll get herself in trouble by exposing the necklace's power. Mari, on the other hand, is convinced that this item will help bring unanswered questions she's been longing to find about her family history.

Source: TheCW

Meanwhile at S.T.A.R Labs, Cisco is busy trying to get Barry's attention as he zips around the lab, after their computer system located another meta human. Cisco wants Barry to go in search of her so they can learn more about her powers. 

Also sidenote, is it just me, but how is it possible that they can make Grant Gustin look even more attractive as a cartoon? Anyway, Barry agrees to check out this new meta human that Cisco has already named Vixen, but Barry decides he needs some help to check this girl out. Cisco is ecstatic, he's been meaning to get back out on the field but before he can run off with the friendly speedster, Barry has already left him in the dust for another suitable option. Poor, Cisco.

Source: TheCW

Back in Detroit, there's a knock on the door and guess who came to visit Mari? It's none other than Oliver and Barry cleverly disguised as their superhero counterparts Green Arrow and The Flash. (I wish Barry and Oliver would show up on my door) Mari becomes nervous as they ask for her and ends up fleeing from the house. Both Oliver and Barry quickly pursue after her and the episode ends.

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Augh, again, I just wish these episodes were longer. I really love them and I'm only interested to learn more about Mari! I've really been enjoying these episodes, but I almost wish I had waited for all six episodes to come out so I could have just binged watched as six as one giant episode. What do you guys think? Are you enjoying it?

If you want to watche the episode you can watch it here:

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Forever Flawless Cosmetics: My Horrible Experience

Did a video explaining my experience. Give it a watch.

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Vixen Episode 2: Review & Recap

It's Tuesday and another episode of Vixen debuted on TheCWseed. We pick up right from where we left off. Mari and her foster father are in critical danger with the three gang bangers that are holding them hostage. Mari is able to tap into her totem power and kick ass using an assortment of different animals of her calling. She takes her foster father back home as he seemingly does not remember being attacked or knocked out. 

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Mari spends the night at her old home looking through old photographs. She recalls back to a time in her childhood when she confided in her foster mother, whom she seemed to have a strong relationship with. 

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Apparently when she was a child some of the other kids would pick on her for being given away. Her foster mother tells her that they did not know why she was given away as a child, but they only know so much about her past. It is here that her foster mother presents her with the iconic totem necklace that was originally her mother's.

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The next day, Mari visits Doctor McCalister, someone who she hopes can shed some light on this inherited heirloom. She discovers that he's mostly repeating stuff that she already found out on her own, but still is skeptical on the idea of magic. McCalister explains that it's from the Anansi (The Trickster God.) The totem was fashioned to tap into the Ashe of the animal kingdom. (The lifeform)

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Once Mari leaves, he calls an unidentified woman who he was working with in order to steal the totem necklace from the night before. We don't know who this strange woman is, but we can only assume she may be a part of Mari's family. Maybe perhaps a cousin or aunt that wants the necklace for their own? 

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Again, my only complaint is that I wish these episodes were longer. I know they'll add up into one thirty-minute episode, but I really love the animation and the story. I'm enjoying it so far and I can't wait to see more.